Parliamentary Question: Flood Relief Schemes Status

Question to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Mr. Brendan Howlin, TD)

To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the progress being made on the flood relief scheme for Douglas in County Cork; when each stage of the scheme is expected to be completed; the funding that has been allocated to this scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer

For WRITTEN ANSWER on 23, June, 2015.


The Douglas Flood Relief Scheme is being progressed by Cork County Council as the Contracting Authority for the project as part of an overall scheme for Douglas and Togher, with funding being provided by the Office of Public Works (OPW). It is expected that the Scheme will be brought though Planning in the third quarter of this year. Subject to the proposed scheme being accepted, the detailed design will be commenced and it is anticipated that this will take until the middle of 2016. Procurement of a civil works contractor will then be undertaken by Cork County Council.

The Council expects construction to commence in the second half of 2016, subject to satisfactory completion of the necessary procurement and approval processes.

The OPW is fully supporting the Council in the progression of this Scheme and has made provision for the cost of implementing the scheme in its financial profiles to 2017.

Posted under Cork, Douglas, Parliamentary Questions, Public Expenditure & Reform

€200 million for local authority housing will reduce waiting lists in Cork and create jobs – Buttimer

Wednesday, 1st April 2015

  • €200 million allocated for local authority housing in Cork.
  • Funding forms part of the Government’s €3.8 billion social housing strategy announced last November. 

In Cork, over €200 million has been allocated to the City and County Councils for local authority housing. This will greatly reduce waiting lists and provides hope for the thousands of families who are waiting for suitable housing.

Cork City Council is to receive €124 million for local authority housing which is expected to meet 21% of housing needs in the City. The County area is to receive over €80 million, which is expected to meet 25% of the total demand. This is not even including the Housing Assistance Payment which will help to further reduce demand on our housing waiting list.

Along with all local authorities, both Councils in Cork have been asked to bring forward the housing unit targets and specific building projects it has planned for now to 2017. As part of the strategy, targets had to be agreed with each local authority in 2015. It is expected that this funding will help create 2,566 housing units in Cork City and County.

In total across the country, over €1.5 billion will be invested in a combination of building, buying and leasing schemes by local authorities designed to accommodate 25% of those currently on the housing waiting lists in social housing. Approximately 300 separate building proposals by local authorities are currently being assessed by the Department of Environment and will be announced in a number of phases starting this month. Construction is already underway for social housing in approximately 33 sites throughout the country.

Across Cork this funding will help to create and sustain approximately 1,600 jobs in the construction sector which was so badly affected by the economic crash of recent years. This is a really important part of the Government’s plan to spread job creation and economic recovery to all counties around Ireland so that everyone can feel the benefit.

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Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Development, Douglas, Employment, Environment, National Work

€36 million to improve Cork roads

Cork Local and Regional Roads Funding - 2015Tuesday, 3rd February 2015

  • €36 million in funding will help to improve quality and safety of Cork Roads. 

This allocation of €36 million will allow restoration and improvement works to be carried on Cork roads.  The funding will ensure that essential upkeep and maintenance works on our road network will be carried out, benefitting drivers across Cork City and County.

Locally there are some very crucial projects included in this funding.  The Minister has confirmed that more than €1.6 million will be made available for work on the Carrigaline Western Relief Road.  Residents of Rochestown, Mount Oval, Garryduff and Broadale will benefit from almost €85,000 that has been allocated for works on the Clarke’s Hill – Moneygourney road.

On the western side of Cork City €50,000 has been set aside for road works at Cork Technology Park, Bishopstown.  Each of these projects will improve the quality of our roads, which will benefit all those who drive on our local roads.

The money that has been announced by the Minister is in addition to the money collected locally through the local property tax.  This revenue stream will allow Councils to use the money contributed by those living locally for road projects that will be of direct benefit to their communities.

Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Douglas, Transport

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